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Judge puts focus on victim of crime

Anne Frank said, “I still believe people are good at heart.” I felt that recently.

A few months ago my (older) car was stolen in the middle of the night from my driveway in what I consider a safe, older residential area in Nevada City.

As a widow on a fixed income, this presented a challenge for me. No car payments was good.

Plus, there was a feeling of real “violation.” Alas, the criminal left his cell phone in my car after he crashed it in a canyon. He was arrested.

Time passed. The presiding judge read my comments to the probation officer. He took time and effort to write me.

The judge said he ordered the defendant (and attorneys involved) to read my comments. He also ordered the defendant to write me a letter in response to what hap- pened (The judge included that letter with his.)

I was also informed about sentencing and thanked for my candor, and told that sometimes the “processing” of criminal cases focuses on the rights of the defendant, without appreciating or addressing the damages suffered by victims of crime.

Judge Robert Tamietti restored my faith in public office and in “real” people.

Claudia Cunningham

Nevada City

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